Berkeley North American B-25 Mitchell - General Jimmy Doolittle's Tokyo Raider - 42 Inch Wingspan Flying Aircraft
Wood Model Kit, Box Condition: Good-
Very rare and deluxe model from the 1950s. Large, true scale model is designed for two engine operation and is completely sheeted - there is no tissue or covering material needed. Features three-wheel retractable shock-mounted landing gear, operating wing flaps, factory-carved wooden fuselage & nacelles, all-metal finished engine nacelles, fully formed clear plastic turrets, canopy and windows (not yellowed, in 'excellent' condition), fully formed wire struts, full color decals, full size plans and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and paperwork present. One set of plans is fine, but NOTE that the other set is neatly torn along the center fold seam. They are complete and it would be simple to tape them back together. Berkeley is a very famous manufacturer of flying model kits from the Golden Age of flying aviation, about 1932-1954. Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.
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